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A home, a family. Lies and resentment. To save the future he must reclaim his past.

Enjoying his retirement. Ryan has everything. The perfect wife, a daughter he adores and all the time in the world. Yet, with dinner burning on the stove and his wife late home from work, two visitors appear bringing dire news and a quest he can't refuse.

Dragged back to a universe and a life Ryan did everything to escape, he must secretly hunt out survivors and friends all while training for the fight of his life.

Where brutality and pain were all Ryan ever knew, now he must inspire and heal. The collision of two worlds draws ever closer and if he can’t claim what was once his, all is lost.

©2020 Alex Knowles (P)2021 Alex Knowles

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  • Danny Moody
  • 03-03-2021

Promising beginnings

Really strong concept. I feel the premise has a lot of potential and hope that it gets explored further. The characters are interesting and I want to learn more about them, too. Essentially, I want more. The narration is expertly done and adds to the story.

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  • Brian
  • 16-03-2021

Great Start to a Series

I enjoyed the heck out of The Bright Lord. I went into it pretty blind, I saw that it was narrated by a narrator I really like and the story at a very high level seemed like it was up by alley (I try not to read the full synopsis so I can go into the book blind). But this one surprised me. It had me stuck to my seat waiting to see what happened next.

Now, this one will be hard to review without spoiling anything, but the training scenes along with those following just after (where he tells certain people) followed by more and more people finding or figuring it out were really what made this special. I think trying to learn things again (when you’ve forgotten more than anyone can train you) was interesting too.

Knowles does a great job writing both a story that flowed and one that I didn’t want to stop reading, but they also did a great job writing characters that I cared about. Ryan was awesome, but the people that he pairs up with along the way really made this book fun.

Throw in the great narration by Steve Campbell and you have an audiobook that I absolutely flew through. One that if you’re looking for something new to try, I recommend grabbing this one. I can’t wait to see where this series is going to go.

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  • C.T.
  • 15-03-2021

Starting over is hard

THE BRIGHT LORD is a fascinating and strange story about a man named Ryan Hart who is living an ordinary life on Earth before he is transported to a reality where he was once the most powerful hero in the world. However, the process requires him to go back from being a massively powerful hero to an enslaved weakling. I found this book to be quite entertaining and enjoyed it a great deal but I was a little confused about the nature of the fantasy world. Is it meant to be a digital game or a fantasy world as well. I admit I'm not too familiar with LITRPG as a whole so it might be unique to the genre. Otherwise, I had a huge amount of fun and will be reading the rest.

I read the audiobook I should note and want to say the narrator was fantastic.

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  • clinton
  • 11-03-2021

This was alot of fun.

So Alex Knowles did a really good job with this book even more so because this is a bit of a shorter book what's impressive about that is even though its a bit shorter he was still able to tell the story that he wanted to tell without all the repetitive and unneeded fluff that a lot of authors put in their books to make them longer. I also genuinely enjoyed the way he he told the story instead of the main character learning everything he was kind of teaching the supporting roles it was a nice change of pace and was excellently executed I will definitely be checking out the second book.

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  • eddie howard
  • 05-03-2021

Couldn't stop listening

I really enjoyed this book. I can't wait for book two to be released on audible. I absolutely loved it. the narrator was awesome. As of right now it is my favorite book.

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  • Josh Hatfield
  • 03-03-2021

That's the best thing I ever heard

I received a free copy in exchange for an unbiased review.
This is the best thing I've listened to in years. I cannot wait for part two. The author did a great job of keeping me hooked. The Narrator is the best audible has to offer. I'd listen to him read a phone book.

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  • Josh Noneya
  • 02-03-2021

lots of fun!!!

Great story and narration!

Our MC it's just trying to live an ordinary life, but the game world from which he came is not done with him. Forced back into the game and having to start again from level one, he must regain his power as fast as possible for an old foe is coming for him and the ones he loves.

Steve does a fantastic job with the narration - really bringing the characters to life!

I loved this story and can't wait to find out what happens next!

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  • Tammy B Oakley
  • 01-03-2021

Good story!💜

Strong beginning, it really grabbed me. Then it sort of lost its momentum for a bit, then it got really exciting again. Overall it was quite the adventure, and I enjoyed it. The narration was fantastic. He did a wonderful job capturing each character enhancing the story even more. This is book 1 with an HEA, but this storyline continues in book 2.

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  • Some Guy
  • 03-05-2021

Couldn’t put it down.

Audiobooks usually take me a while to get through, I’ll listen to them an hour at a time. But I shot-gunned this one, staying up late to hear the entire story. Masterfully done, Alex on the story, and Steve for making the characters so real that I got completely lost in it.

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  • Stephanie Nemeth
  • 01-05-2021

Compelling

Great beginning and set-up to a pretty cool universe. Looking forward to learning more about the characters and the Bright in the next books!

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  • C. Rowlands
  • 27-04-2021

Interesting mechanics and sci-fi setting work well

On the whole gamelit/litrpg books often tend more towards the fantasy side of things rather than sci-fi, but this one opts for the latter instead and works well with a combination of some solid world-building and interesting mechanics for the power system the characters utilise. The author opts for a lighter touch when it comes to the stats side of things, so this book also works just fine if you are just looking for some entertaining sci-fi too.

The performance of the narrator works well overall with the main character's tone being ideal, although perhaps some of the supporting cast could be a little more distinctive.

Overall, a promising start to this series and I'll be looking out for subsequent ones in the future.

[Note - I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.]

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  • PaulC6230
  • 14-04-2021

Great Story

This was a great story only thing was is I didn’t know it was an RPG type of audiobook. ( not that it bothered me ) This was the first time reading this type of book and only noticed it was a lite version of an RPG when it showed all the characteristics of the person and the numbers associated with them but not full blown stats every time something happened.

The story flowed perfectly and knowing it was part of a series I knew it would possibly be about building up the world and characters which it does, I’ve already got the 2nd audiobook so looking forward to listening to more from this author.

The narration was perfect and you could differentiate between the characters no problem and it helped the flow of the story

Highly recommend if you’re into RPG type books

* I was given a review copy of this audiobook at my request for a fair and unbiased review *

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  • Wayne Knighton
  • 28-03-2021

Always look on the Bright side of life

I would describe this as LitRPG lite as wwwwwwthere is little emphasis on stats and as for growth going from too week to stand to standing against an invasion force in a few levels is a little bewildering. However the story flows well enough and has a few twists and turns.
It is well read with easy to differentiate characters.
I can only guess the series will continue by the broken body growing into power that has been forced into it.
Hoping that the flips from it's impossible to it's done with noo explaination are avoided going forwarded, but I will keep on with the series.
Overall it wasn't too bad.

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  • chefrock
  • 27-03-2021

A great story of adventure

A dark and intense story with an interesting plot, if you are looking for something otherworldly with power ups and a fair amount of action then look no further.

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  • Mansoor786
  • 27-03-2021

interesting

the premise of the plot is quite interesting and the character development with our MC and how hos struggles with his inner guilt from the past and how he overcomes all challenges.

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  • Nephilim Night
  • 21-03-2021

Loved the story

loves the way it was done. Definite spin on the genre with a great narration.

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  • Angrenades
  • 19-03-2021

An Intriguing Story

This audiobook, although what some would call short, packs an awful lot into it. I'll try not to add spoilers so will try and be vague where possible.

The story begins with Ryan receiving some devastating news about his wife, when he arrives at the hospital is when things get interesting. We find out that not all is at it seems with Ryan and he ends up being transported into another world in the body of an enslaved and weak man. He makes new connections but hasn't forgotten what has happened, and whilst training and forging stronger connections with others, it is discovered that he's kind of a big deal.

The storytelling was great and instead of the main character either being an overpowered trainee, Ryan (or Ty as he is known in the alternate world) has to learn it all over again due to being in such a weakened state as well as helping others learn their full potential.

I thoroughly enjoyed this and will definitely be completing the series so I hope Alex continues to expand this universe. I also need to say that Steve Campbell did an excellent narration.

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  • Taylor
  • 16-03-2021

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[Note - I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.]

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